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The Dodgers are going to destroy the Giants.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s clobberin’ time

... is what the Dodgers would say if they cared about this series. They have the might, they have the talent, but they also have the NL West well in hand. They’re the best team in baseball. This weekend barely matters to them.

The Giants are the kid at the arcade who’s terrible at video games. Loses quickly, burns through quarters. In some arcade games, after your character dies, the game events go on, sometimes with a Continue? posed and other times with just GAME OVER stamped on the screen while the non-player characters continue to kick sprite ass and blow up buildings.

Those computer characters enjoying the game the way it’s supposed to be played and doing so with no trouble at all are the Dodgers. The Giants can only stand there and watch, their pockets empty, their ride blaring the horn outside demanding they leave the fun. The Dodgers aren’t playing a different game than the Giants, they are the game right now, and it’s going to take the Giants a lot of trial and error, silent observation, and maybe some Nintendo Power magazines to figure out how to hang in there against them and their ilk now and in the foreseeable future.

But, oh yeah, it’s The Rivalry. That means the Giants will play them tough, right? No matter how bad it gets for the Giants, they always have good showing against the Dodgers. And the Giants have been better on the road this year.

Uh, sure. Fine. Go with that if it helps you get through this afternoon. The Cardinals, though, were 35-19 since July 1st heading into this most recent series against the Giants with a 46-23 home road record. They demolished the Giants. The Dodgers are 35-21 since July 1st and have a 55-18 home record on the year.

39% of their sport-leading 92 wins have have been blowouts (games decided by five or more runs). They just set the record for most home runs by a National League team in a season (250) in their most recent game, which finished a three-game sweep of the Rockies in which they outscored Colorado 28-15. There were no extra inning games.

The Giants shuffle into Los Angeles having lost 12 of 16 and having been eliminated from the NL West race, though that was just a formality. If you’re still holding out hope, let this be the final straw:

Sure, the Giants have won 5 of 13 against the Dodgers this season, but they’ve also been outscored in the season series 64-37, which breaks down to runs per game of 4.92-2.85; so, basically, 5-3. The Dodgers are averaging 5.4 runs per game at home this year. Their opponents are averaging 3.27; so, basically, 5-3.

The last time the two teams squared off was at Dodger Stadium in June. The Dodgers swept the series, and outscored the Giants 27-10. Giants pitching hasn’t improved since then.

If you still don’t believe me, please believe a superior writer:

if you’ve always subscribed to the theory that the Giants played the Dodgers hard, even in the lousy years, I’m here to give you a stern well-actually and point to the cold, hard facts. Even though 44.9 percent of the time, they win every time, history has proven that when the Giants are bad and the Dodgers are good, the games often play out as we expect.

But you’re probably going to watch these games anyway. At least the first few innings, before things get totally out of control. What should we be looking for, besides losing? It’s a chance for Dubon and Davis to get some exposure to The Rivalry and a chance to face talent that’s five to five hundred times superior. Can Sam Coonrod and Jandel Gustave get key outs if any of these games are close late?

These would seem to be the only four who might be around for the next Giants team that could compete against the Dodgers in games with playoff implications, so, building up those callouses and establishing a base of being humiliated humbled by the blue team at every turn might be good for their future psychology.

There’s a chance we learn something about these younger players, too. Maybe we learn that Dubon doesn’t shrink from the spotlight or something. Whatever it is, it’s not going to be world-altering. At best, it’ll be a brief respite from the onslaught.

Hitter to watch

Joc Pederson has a 1.047 OPS with 9 home runs in his last 31 games (94 PA). Five of those homers have come this week during that three-game demolition of the Rockies. Good chance there’s going to be a lot of this

followed by a lot of this

Pitcher to watch

Tony Gonsolin is from Vacaville and graduated from Saint Mary’s College. He was drafted i the 9th round of the 2016 draft. The Giants took LHP Caleb Baragar, who managed to work his way up to Triple-A this season. But Gonsolin, who was right in the Giants’ backyard, made it to the majors, and in five major league starts has a 3.00 ERA in 24 IP. He also recorded a save after pitching four innings in relief. He’s struck out 16 and walked six.

Scouts say his splitter is his best pitch, but in a limited sampling, his slider has been more devastating, with a whiff rate (swing and miss) of 47.5% and an 0.063 batting average against. He’s got high spin, explosive stuff.

Fastball

Curveball

Split

Slider

Maybe the Giants will start grabbing local guys more often?

Prediction

Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Giants, Giants

Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Giants, Giants

Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
GiantsGiants

Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers
Argh! It’s a sweep! A sweep! OooOooh it’s a sweep!